Sunday, November 20, 2011

Daio Paper ElleAir Ladies Sunday: Ji-Hee Lee Defeats Bo-Bae Song in Playoff

Ji-Hee Lee moved to #2 on the JLPGA money list when she defeated Bo-Bae Song in a playoff at the Daio Paper ElleAir Ladies today for her 2nd win of 2011 and 15th on tour in her 11-year career. 

Shanshan Feng had shot the round of the day from way back in the pack, a 67 that moved her all the way to -8 for the week and made her the leader in the clubhouse.  Even as Feng was charging, second-round leader Saiki Fujita was moving in the opposite direction, bogeying 4 of her 1st 10 holes to fall back to -6.  That opened the door for Lee, who got off to a hot start with birdies in 3 of her 1st 6 holes to climb to -8.  After a bogey on the 148-yard par-3 7th, she bounced back with 3 more birdies in her next 9 holes to get to -10 with 2 holes left to play.  By then, the only player with a chance to catch her was Song.  Playing in the group behind Lee, however, Song bogeyed the 385-yard par-4 15th to drop to -7 and failed to birdie the 273-yard par-4 16th to remain 3 shots back with 2 holes left to play.  But Lee finished par-bogey on the closing par 3 and par 5, while Song finished birdie-birdie.  And when nobody in the final group could catch them at -9--Fujita was the only one to make a charge with birdies on 14 and 16 to get to -8, yet neither she, money-list leader Sun-Ju Ahn, nor Aiko Ueno could buy a birdie coming home--we had yet another JLPGA playoff, which Lee took.

Here's a quick rundown of the leaders and notables:

1st/-9 Ji-Hee Lee (71-68-68) [won in playoff]
2nd/-9 Bo-Bae Song (68-70-69)
T3/-8 Shanshan Feng (70-71-67), Saiki Fujita (67-67-74)
T5/-7 Sakura Yokomine (68-71-70), Rui Kitada (69-69-71), Aiko Ueno (69-66-74)
T8/-6 Erina Hara (72-69-69), Sun-Ju Ahn (71-67-72), Young Kim (66-72-72)

T11/-5 Miho Koga (70-71-70), Yukari Baba (70-71-70), Hyun-Ju Shin (69-71-71)
T15/-4 Mayu Hattori (70-72-70), Harukyo Nomura (69-73-70), So-Hee Kim (67-75-70), Kaori Ohe (71-69-72)
T19/-3 Bo-Mee Lee (71-73-69), Hiromi Mogi (69-71-73)
T25/-2 Na-Ri Lee (73-70-71), Miki Sakai (71-72-71), Asako Fujimoto (70-73-71), Kaori Aoyama (70-70-74)
T30/-1 Li-Ying Ye (76-69-70), Shinobu Moromizato (73-72-70), Akane Iijima (71-72-72), Mika Takushima (71-72-72), Erika Kikuchi (72-70-73), Chie Arimura (70-72-73)
T38/E Megumi Kido (74-71-71), Ji-Woo Lee (70-74-72), Akiko Fukushima (67-77-72)
T46/+2 Mie Nakata (72-72-74)
T48/+5 Tamie Durdin (74-71-76), Yumiko Yoshida (74-71-76)

So heading into the final tournament of the year, the Ricoh Cup, here's how the JLPGA money list stands:

1. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥119.73M
2. Ji-Hee Lee ¥94.12M
3. Sakura Yokomine ¥86.86M
4. Chie Arimura ¥84.01M
5. Yukari Baba ¥75.82M
6. Shanshan Feng ¥64.94M
7. Miki Saiki ¥62.13M
8. Ritsuko Ryu ¥56.20M
9. Yuri Fudoh ¥55.84M
10. Shiho Oyama ¥51.69M
11. Mayu Hattori ¥50.19M
12. Asako Fujimoto ¥49.02M
13. Saiki Fujita ¥47.65M
14. Ayako Uehara ¥45.34M
15. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥42.78M
16. Rui Kitada ¥41.02M
17. Bo-Bae Song ¥40.72M
18. Kumiko Kaneda ¥38.48M
19. Hiromi Mogi ¥37.40M
20. Rikako Morita ¥35.57M
21. Momoko Ueda ¥35.27M
22. Na-Ri Kim ¥34.12M
23. Junko Omote ¥31.94M
24. Yuko Mitsuka ¥29.37M
25. Ji-Woo Lee ¥29.21M
26. Akane Iijima ¥28.14M
27. Li-Ying Ye ¥27.96M
28. Na-Ri Lee ¥27.10M
29. Kaori Aoyama ¥26.66M
30. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥26.62M
31. Inbee Park ¥25.70M
32. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥24.40M
33. Teresa Lu ¥24.39M
34. Young Kim ¥23.67M
35. Esther Lee ¥23.59M
36. Akiko Fukushima ¥23.25M
37. Eun-A Lim ¥22.59M
38. Soo-Yun Kang ¥21.90M
39. Eun-Bi Jang ¥21.05M
40. Bo-Mee Lee ¥19.15M
41. Shinobu Moromizato ¥18.64M
42. Yumiko Yoshida ¥18.17M
43. Kaori Ohe ¥17.38M
44. Nikki Campbell ¥17.07M
45. Nachiyo Ohtani ¥16.86M
46. Tamie Durdin ¥16.85M
47. Miho Koga ¥16.64M
48. Megumi Kido ¥16.07M
49. So-Hee Kim ¥15.78M
50. Midori Yoneyama ¥15.49M

With Ji-Yai Shin at #52, Harukyo Nomura at #68, Ai Miyazato at #71, Hee Young Park at #88, and Meena Lee at #99--all with at least the minimum number of events played this year (6)--it'll also be interesting to see who among the dual LPGA-JLPGA members of 2011 have to (and who among them decides to) play in JLPGA Q-School's final stage.

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